Penang is famously known for its captivating street art in George Town, the lively seaside culture by Batu Ferringhi, and a variety of delicious food offered in food stalls. Aside from hiking and exploring the local temples, I wanted to see what Penang museums had to offer. Despite the pricey entry fee, I went for the Trick Art Museum in George Town.
For those who aren’t familiar with ‘trick art’ photography, it’s basically interactive realistic art painted on walls and floors to give the illusion of a 3D scene when captured on the camera. It wasn’t my first experience with a museum of this type, however I was interested to see what was different about it in comparison to the other 3D illusion museums out there. It was fair to say that my experience with the Trick Art Museum in George Town had left me feeling dissatisfied.
Top: protruding palm tree props to give the impression of a lifelike set
Bottom: behind the scenes
For anyone who’s considering going there, feel free to read my opinion of it and re-evaluate your trip accordingly:
At 25RM you don’t exactly get a bang for your buck! I know, I know you’re probably thinking that my stingy-self is getting the better of me. When you convert it to GBP it comes to about £4.50, which honestly doesn’t quite so bad! However, when you compare it to the price of living in Malaysia, the entry fee is extortionate! With 25RM, I can buy 4 meals at a food market! This brings me to my next point:
It doesn’t add much value to your trip
With regards to the content and quality of the museum, I found it to be quite dull and a bit too basic for my liking. In other words, aside from photo taking, there’s not much more that you can take from the museum. The first few trick art displays gave minimal understanding of Malaysia’s history, and as you progress through the museum, each set brings you closer to modern-day era. However, the sets eventually disassociate itself from this historical theme, and became miscellaneous space fillers. I mean, take a look a Pikachu and I! What’re you doing there in Malaysia, mate?!
Albeit, learning about (basic) Malaysian culture throughout its history peaked my interest. However, your trip to Malaysia will be far more fulfilling by actually visiting the attractions rather than wasting your time in a museum featuring 3D illusion versions of it.
I get it, it’s their job to be attentive and give good customer service. However, there just seemed to be far too many staff for such an insignificant museum. I’d ended up feeling very uncomfortable and unwilling to explore each set because of their hawk eye surveillance! Visualise this with me, for every 2-3 metre room there were roughly two workers informing you of the possible poses you can do in relation to fitting in with the interactive pieces… that’s an employee every 1.5 metres away gawking at you making silly poses – my personal space felt invaded! The employees were helpful in relation to helping you take photos, however, their persistence gave the impression that there would be a fee for every photo taken by them. Luckily, I had my ‘photographer’ for the day to photograph my every move…
Don’t get me wrong, I’d enjoyed it. It was a good chuckle. The only issue was that I felt as if the entire museum package didn’t bring much value or depth to my day trip. I would have much rather spent my two hours getting lost in the streets of George Town exploring the street art!
At the end of the day, it wasn’t my type of excursion. If any of you intend on visiting the Trick Art Museum, I’d recommend going in a group to get more variety out of your photos, and you never know, the workers might even leave you to your own devices if there were more than just the two of you! On a more important note, get yourself a better photographer:
For a photographer with ‘the eye’, he’d completely missed the mark!
Go on, have a chuckle
What are your thoughts of the George Town Trick Art Museum? Leave a message below, I’d like to know!